John Mellencamp A Brand New Song

In the sweet belly of the moment

When you realize you’ve changed

And everything you’re after

Has gone down the drain

You’re nothing more than just a drifter

As you walk down your road

Not exactly the picture

You thought you’d be sending home

All these places mean nothing

It’s the people we count on

Here without a purpose

Gone without a song

Yesterday seemed so sudden

Today seems to have no end

So you button up the buttons

Say goodbye to what has been

Those black and white pictures

That file through your veins

That’s the trouble with the future

It always stays the same

And your pride’s been shaken

And those people you count on

Here without a purpose

And gone without a song

Without a song

In the uncertainty of a new day

Opportunity may howl

You hear the voice in a new way

In the past you didn’t know how

You’re old enough to know the difference

Between and enemy and a friend

With the eyes of knowledge upon you

You’re able to stand up again

Life is always in motion

And there’s new people to count on

Here you may find a purpose

And sing a brand new song

Life is always in motion

New people to count on

Here we find a purpose

To sing a brand new song

Brand new song

Sing a brand new song

John Mellencamp Country Gentleman

Country gentleman walked a crooked mile,

Got our money in his pocket.

Did it all with a very handsome smile.

Now, he’s livin’ it up in a great big office.

He ain’t a-gonna help no poor man.

He ain’t a-goona help no poor man.

He ain’t a-gonna help no poor man.

He’s just gonna help his rich friends.

He ain’t a-gonna help no women.

He ain’t a-gonna help no children.

He’s just gonna help his rich friends.

Country gentleman, we see him on T.V.,

Glad handin’ folks and chattin’ to the nation.

We never knew what really to believe.

Just word upon slogan with emotional connection.

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He ain’t a-gonna help no poor man.

He ain’t a-gonna help no children.

He ain’t a-gonna help no women.

He’s just gonna help his rich friends.

And in the papers all we’d ever read is

So and so big-shot signed his resignation.

Now, country gentleman he wants us to believe

That he’s kind and honest with the best intentions.

[Chorus]

Country gentleman, now there’s a bird that flew

High above his nation, prayed on its weakness.

Picked our bones and threw it in his stew.

Thank God he went back to California.

[Chorus]

John Mellencamp Down And Out In Paradise

Dear Mr. President

I live in the suburbs

It’s a long way from Washington , D.C.

Had me a job

Workin’ for wages

Till the company moved out

And they forgot about me

Can’t draw unemployment

For some unknown reason

My kids are hungry

I’ve got four mouths to feed

I go out every day looking for suitable employment

Do you think there’s something you could do for me

Cause I’m

[Chorus:]

Down and out here in paradise

Down and out and I’m on my knees

I’m down and out here in paradise

Looks like the milk and honey

Done run out on me

Dear Mr. President

I used to be a dancer

Got a little bit too old

So I became a secretary

Married a man

In Las Vegas, Nevada

And ten years later

He ran out on the kids and me

Some said I was pretty

But those days are over

Now I’ve no place to live

And I’m out on the streets

Oh, Mr. President

Can I tell you a secret

I never ever thought that this could happen to me

Cause I’m

[Chorus]

Dear Mr. President

I’m just a young kid

I’m in the fourth grade

At Riley Elementary

My mom and dad’s been actin’ funny

I’m not sure what

If it’s got something to do with me

My daddy’s always drunk

My mom’s a babysitter

And I don’t like the Russians

Cause I hear they hate me

Dear Mr. President

Can I ask you one question

When the bombs fall down

Will they hurt everyone in my family

Yeah, yeah

[Chorus]

John Mellencamp All Night Talk Radio

I see the rain fall past the tower

I’m the late night call-in show

I’m 50,000 watts of power

All night talk radio

They call from Maine to California

Broken hearts that fought so long

And through this night will share a lover

All night talk radio

How could so many be so lonely

Hands pressed cold against the phone

Beyond the stars does someone hear them

On the all night talk radio

They speak of homes betrayed and broken

Part-time jobs and unpaid loans

Join the cry beyond the voices

All night talk radio

What are a thousand points of light now

(Where are the thousand points of light now)

To warm a hundred thousand million souls

The truth cries out across the darkness

All night talk radio

How could so many be so lonely

Hands pressed cold against the phone

Beyond the stars does someone hear them

On the all night talk radio

I see the rain fall past the tower

I’m the late night call-in show

I’m 50,000 watts of power

All night talk radio

How could so many be so lonely

Hands pressed cold against the phone

Beyond the stars does someone hear them

On the all night talk radio

On the all night talk radio

John Mellencamp Close Enough

I may not be a pillar in my town

Or have the kind of job you think that I should.

I know you see me out running around with a couple of people

You think are no good.

I’ve tried to clean it up a couple of times, but I’m a

Backslidin’ fool when it comes to walkin’ that line.

It’s OK. You think you’re better than me.

Yeah, that’s all right, girl, that’s all right.

[Chorus:]

‘Cause I’m close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll.

I’m close enough for a little rock and roll.

Yeah, it’s true, I don’t plan my time.

When you’re lookin’ for me, I’m hard to find.

I know you don’t wanna run around with me.

With my socks fallin’ down, girl, I’m just poor company.

I’ve seen your face, and it’s a one-eyed jack.

We like to talk about this or that.

None of these things really interest me.

Hey, that’s all right, girl, that’s all right.

[Chorus:]

‘Cause I’m close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll.

I’m close enough for a little rock.

I know you think I’m a rough cut, baby.

I ain’t as rough cut as I am the blood on your hands.

Gonna love that blood right off of your hands.

[Chorus:]

Yeah, that’s all right, girl, that’s all right.

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll,

Close enough for rock and roll.

I’m close enough for a little rock and roll.

John Mellencamp Dance Naked

I want you to dance naked

So I can see you

I’d like to get to know you

You don’t have to act naughty

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

I want you to dance naked

I promise I won’t touch you

I promise to tell no one, no

I want you to dance naked

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

Spin it round and round

I want you to dance naked

If you like I’ll join you

I want to enjoy your body

I want to hear all your secrets

I want to know if you like me

As much as I like you

I want you to dance naked

But only if you want to

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

Spin it round and round

I want you to dance naked

So I can see you

I’d like to get to know you

But only if you want to

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

Spin it round and round

Spin it round and round and round

I want you to dance naked

John Mellencamp American Dream

I had a face so cute made a young girl cry

And I could blow ’em away with just a wink of my eye

I got all dolled up on a Saturday night

Can’t find a lady so I’ll start a fight

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

But at School the young boys would assemble down in the parking lot

And we spoke of the homecoming queen and all the goodies she’s got

Well those stories would choke a semi

And every dare was do or die

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

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Well I grew up believin’ I could do what I wanted to do

When I got a little older I found that it just wasn’t true

There’s gotta be a place for me

Where I can out-be just what I want to be

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

Some of the girls are out teaching high school biology

And all of my boyfriends they work down at Cummmins factory

But me I’m still out on the streets trying to locate some destiny

Hey but ain’t that the American Dream

[Bridge]

John Mellencamp Hit The Road Jack

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey, yeah

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey, yeah

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more

Hit that road Jack and don’t you come back no more

I said baby baby don’t treat me so mean

Your the meanest old woman that I ever seen

I guess if you say so I’m gonna have to pack my things and go

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no

More

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, yea

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hu-huh, hey hey hey

Ah, ah, ah, ah, uh-huh, hey hey hey

I said baby baby don’t treat me this way

I’ll get back on my feet someday

I don’t care if you do, your just no good

You ain’t had no good loving and ….

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, yeah, yeah

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey

Ah, ah, ah, ah, hey hey hey

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more

Hit that road Jack and don’t you come back no more, yeah

John Mellencamp Days Of Farewell

Be careful How you walk

These days are evil Look how you talk

I hear there are people that are listening

This mystery Is up to you

So you be careful What you do

I know There are people who are wondering

These are the days of farewell

Halfway undecided That’s our peace That’s our peace

Be careful The friends you keep

He might not really Be your friend

He belongs To the wishing and the wandering

Be careful Too much at stake

You don’t want ever To be wronged

Don’t you ever Let the dirty business make you clean

These are the days of farewell

Halfway undecided That’s our peace Amen Amen

Glory be to God I will bless the Lord at all times

His words shall continually be in my mouth with praise

For I am here today ’cause He said that I would live

There’s no reason why HIV shouldn’t have missed my daughter and my life

But it did Through the eyes of God, he saw fit for me to be here

I will praise the Lord at all times

As we live in the last days the Devil will always be up under my feet

And I will praise his name

Hallelujah

Don’t you pretend To be something

That you are not Hear me my friend

I’ll tell you what I know It will only sicken you

Let us be grateful For what you’ve got

Help me to know What I am not

Of my friend There are people who are wondering

These are the days of farewell

It’s undecided It’s undecided

Oh my friend Oh my friend Oh my friend

My friend My friend My friend

It’s undecided

Too much Too much Too Much

Too much at stake for you and me

John Mellencamp China Girl

China girl, I met you on the sea sand.

You touched me with your cool hand.

Your perfume’s in the wind.

China girl, your daddy tells you white lies

To keep you from by blue eyes.

To know me is no sin.

[Chorus:]

And I won’t break you, China girl,

If you take me into your world.

It’s been my good fortune to find you,

China girl.

Stolen flowers are sweetest in the mornin’.

The Eastern sun is dawnin’.

Your silk’s against my skin.

China girl, take me to your jasmine place.

Cool me with your subtle grace.

To know me is no sin.

[Chorus:]

And I won’t break you, China girl,

If you take me into your world.

It’s been my good fortune to find you,

China girl.